Yankton, S.D.- The Hastings College softball team had a tale of two games, as they split their Saturday doubleheader against the Mount Marty Lancers in Yankton, winning game one 6-3, but dropping game two 10-2 in five innings.
Game one started off strongly in favor of the Broncos, who got Cara Williams (SR/Omaha, NE) and Corrin Ziepke (JR/Omaha, NE) home on a Lexie Linderman (FR/Omaha, NE) single and a Taylor Asche (FR/Omaha, NE) sacrifice fly, respectively, to put the Broncos up 2-0 in the opening frame.
Mount Marty cut the deficit down to one in the 2nd inning with a double steal of second and home to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Broncos.
Hastings struck back with another 2-run inning in the 3rd as Hastings led off with back-to-back doubles by Chloe Boeka (SR/Gretna, NE) and Ziepke. Ziepke advanced to third on a wild pitch with 1-out and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kaitlynn Knott (SO/Flagstaff, AZ) to put Hastings up 4-1.
Mount Marty scored a run in both the 4th and 6th innings to make the Hastings lead 4-3, but this was negated as Hastings had their third 2-run inning of the game in the 7th. Williams reached on an error, which would be costly, as Ziepke hit a 2-run homer with 2-outs to put the Broncos up 6-3.
Offensively, Hastings was led by Ziepke who went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Josie Bumgardner (SO/Hastings, NE) threw a complete game while striking out nine Lancers.
Game two started out with Hastings and Mount Marty trading blows, with Boeka hitting a single and advancing to second with one out, and later scoring on a Linderman single to give Hastings a 1-0 lead in the 1st.
Mount Marty answered right back with a leadoff single by Paige Kramer, who scored on an error by Makana Kekaulike (JR/Waipahu, HI) to tie Hastings 1-1.
Hastings scored again in the 2nd inning without registering a hit. Asche led the inning off by getting hit by a pitch, and later scoring to give Hastings a 2-1 lead.
Lancers' Jennifer Mitera hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the 2nd inning, and scoring later in the inning to tie the game 2-2.
In the 4th inning, Linderman allowed a leadoff single, but followed with a flyout and a fielder's choice. The Lancer then pounced on Linderman, collecting a stolen base, a walk, and six hits. The Lancers ended with an 8-run inning, capped off by a Karlee Kozak 3-run homer to put the Lancers ahead 10-2.
Alyssa Carter (FR/Corona, CA) hit a 1-out single, but Hastings ended the game by hitting into two fielder's choices.
The Broncos' offense was led by Linderman who went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Boeka also became the school record holder in career hits and career runs scored.
With the split, Hastings falls to 20-18 and 7-5 on the season, and look to rebound Monday when they play a doubleheader at the Smith Softball Complex against the Midland Warriors. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.